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Your place of never-ending curiosity and inspiration is expanding to offer even more access to history, science, and culture.

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Mandela: The Official Exhibition

Now open through May 26
Take a personal journey through the life of the world’s most iconic freedom fighter and political leader, Nelson Mandela.

Building Buddies

Now Open!
Building Buddies is now open, Inviting families to embark on a delightful journey of exploration and creativity.
Visitors Exploring Fashion and Nature Exhibit

Fashion + Nature

Examine the relationship between the natural world and the fashion industry.


We’re excited to share exhibitions and events designed to inspire.

Chaffee Planetarium

Don’t miss out on stellar shows  including Starlight Safari, The Queen Light Show, Living Worlds, and our latest planetarium presentation, Anishinaabe Star Knowledge.

A Celebration of Mandela

Join us on May 18 to honor Nelson Mandela and African culture through arts, cuisine, & more. See Mandela: The Official Exhibition before it leaves. Free with admission.

Register for Camp Curious

Camp Curious General Registration is now open! Sign your campers up for unforgettable summer experiences with history, science, and culture.

Museum Adventure After Dark

Delight in discovery again at this 21+ Museum event. Explore all three floors of exhibits and enjoy guided and independent activities after hours with food and drink.

The GRPM boasts one of Michigan’s largest collections of historical and cultural artifacts and scientific specimens that tell the stories of West Michigan and the wider world.

Explore the Community Collections with 250,000+ Artifacts & Specimens.

Build Your Ideal Museum Field Trip.

Including free and affordable onsite and virtual programming to connect to curriculum and inspire curiosity.

Become a Member.

Take Your Curiosity to the Next Level!

  • Free admission every day of the year
  • Discounts to planetarium shows, camps and more
  • Free admission to 300+ museums and science centers nationwide
  • Free parking in the Museum’s ramp
  • Pays for itself in less than 2 visits

Closure Notice.

The Museum will be closed on Sunday, March 31 for the Easter Holiday. 

Carousel Update.

The Spillman Carousel is currently closed while we are undergoing riverfront construction. The Carousel will re-open Spring of 2025.

Carousel Update

The 1928 Spillman Carousel is closed while we undergo riverfront construction. The carousel will re-open in the Spring of 2025.